One Down and Taking it for the Team

These things have had my attention lately:

1. Concussions and American Football – we should really care about this. A lot.

2. Meniere’s Disease – ugh. So much not fun.

3. Placemaking – all things cool and imaginative

4. Pinterest – nothing more need be said

5. Starting Over – because even old landscapes evolve

This woman makes me laugh out loud sometimes. That is all.

High School Football Team 1925 

Transformation

Dominique Browning shares a bit of insight on the pleasures of taking the opportunity to create something beautiful out of what once was thought to be ruined: she embroiders dragonflies in the moth holes of woolen garments. A week or so earlier she had noted the beauty inherent in the crack of an eggshell, even though the crack may render the egg useless for its originally intended purpose. It may turn out to be okay for something else entirely, but we can only see that if we step back or look away for a moment. She tells us, sometimes we spend too much time trying to mend things that have gone awry, sometimes things are irreparably shattered and need to be let go. Salvage may be a wonderful thing, or it may be too much effort better spent elsewhere. Only sometimes it is hard to know which way to go.

I like stitching, watching threads and fibers come together until something lovely takes shape under my fingers. I think because of this, it takes me longer to get to the point where I want to put it down and walk away. My inclination is to stick to the work, persevere, soldier on. You never know when you’ll be glad you did.

Then again, calm down, rest easy, and do what you like. It’s only life, after all.

Entering the Vortex

And by that I mean publishing. Don’t tell me you didn’t see that coming.

It is high time I got the 20-year old novel out of the cozy bed of oblivion and set it off on the road to success. It’s comfortable and quite content, sitting on the bookshelf where I hand-bound it in cardboard and linen, endpapers trimmed neatly from a pack of old giftwrap, but the times call for brave measures. I’m actually most interested in publishing my second book, but the first one really needs to get out there first and pave the way.

Why? It’s finished. The second one is not. And it’s said that in order to publish through just about any legitimate publishing company, one needs to show that one has name recognition and an established identity (which I had once, but time has passed, and it’s unlikely anyone remembers). One way to establish a platform is through self-publishing, and with all the free or nearly-free ways to do that that include getting your writing into major channels quickly, the finished Work ought to be doing something other than taking up space. It’s really that simple.

I can offer this novel as a low-cost eBook in order to further establish that vital “Author Platform” everyone’s talking about. Even though I’ve had a blog since 2005, and an author website for almost as long, in addition to the occasional published piece, I haven’t really established what you’d call presence. I rather relish anonymity, it’s safe and harmless and a bit backward, and speaks to my Luddite tendencies. I like it here under my rock. To be honest, I don’t like trying to say something when I haven’t anything to contribute to all the hasty dialogue already flooding the interwebs.

But it seems I do need to start somewhere, making some sort of substantial impact. I know the Novel will do that; people have been poking me for years to get it out there (and you all know who you are). So – here goes. Stay tuned for further developments to be announced in the next few days, and I hope you like it.

Coming soon…

Lucky Southern Women, a novel by Susannah Eanes
image by Steve Driskell

So I’m Studying to be a Writer

Actually, I’ve been writing for–well, let’s just say a long time now. And I’ve written several novels, articles, poems… this is not the problem.

My creativity level is up on the roof, ideas are like leaves on a tree, energy is pretty much all over the galaxy. I write a lot, every single day. I read, too; subscribe to lots of blogs & feeds about writing and being creative. I have a Twitter, Facebook author page, I know HTML and until recently had a very boring – if pretty – website that wasn’t updated very often. Now that URL leads to one of my blogs – the one that’s most in flux lately. Don’t worry, I’ll figure it out.

But I have no idea where to start the whole process of getting published. That’s what comes next, right? Also, what about the whole online presence thing? This seems like a full-time job in and of itself. But it seems I have to do this, in order to be taken seriously.

So I’m studying, as I said up at the top there. Here are a few links, mostly at Michael Hyatt:

Seven Ways to Build Your Author Brand Online

Advice to First-time Authors

The Fastest Way to Winning a Book Contract – Guaranteed

Why Every Author Needs a Powerful Online Presence

Four Surprising Conclusions About Author Websites

Agent Queries: Small Presses

I’ll come back & share my progress, hopefully sooner than later.

Pigs Can Fly, Sometimes

I’ve finally decided what I want to do in this blog. Been playing with the idea of this or that purpose, when what I really need is a place to throw things out there without having them necessarily tied up with who I am in RL.

I mean, a lot of people actually know who sophie pie is in RL, but it’s been an internet nom-de-plume for some time and it’s serving a purpose of quasi-anonymity, as far as such things can do.

So.

Not that I harbor any notions of real anonymity, because it’s pretty easy to figure out who someone is if you really want to know. Still. A long time ago I began my first blog pretty much anonymously and then came out for whatever reason. Since then I’ve been hesitant to write about certain things that I’d like to process and possibly get help with from passersby.

So here’s to this new learning environment – identity-free. Sort of. Maybe what I really mean is, without ego.

Yeah, pigs can fly, too.

Thanks to Tonia Conger I know now the source of my favorite painting. More of Michael Sowa’s work here! 😀